Emerging Issues and Ideas
A New Hudsonia Initiative
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Hairy willow herb, a nonnative plant
Building on 30 Years of Conservation Science
For 30 years Hudsonia has studied wildlife, plants, and their habitats in the Northeast, and has provided accurate and up-to-date scientific information for conservation and environmental management.
Scientists and policy makers are now turning keener attention to the impacts of climate change, sea level rise, nonnative organisms, and urbanization on native biological diversity and how they affect ecosystem services, such as the maintenance of water, air, and soil quality. Our detailed records gathered over many years put Hudsonia in a unique position to apply our research results to these complex issues.
Hudsonia has habitat maps for more than 400 square miles of land, 40 years of observational data on wildlife and plants, 15 years of radio-tracking and habitat data on the Blanding’s turtle, and much more. Integrating information from longstanding programs, our new initiative – HABITAT CONNECTIONS – will address emerging environmental questions in ways that are immediately useful to our multiple audiences.
Here are some of the questions we are working to answer:
How can we foster the wildlife and plants that survive or thrive in cities?
How can we use regional habitat maps to predict movements of species across the landscape as climate changes, and to design better conservation corridors?
Sample of habitat map
Which nonnative species should be controlled and which should be managed to reduce their harm and optimize their benefits for habitat, carbon storage, and bio-energy?
Common teasel, a nonnative plant
How do land uses together with climate change alter marshes, old forests, mountaintops, and rare species?
What are the causes of recurring failures of ecological restoration projects, and can such projects be improved?
Are mine pits, clear cuts, and other human disturbances good “sentinels” for detecting new nonnative plants?
Plants colonizing disturbed soil
Which habitats and species will be vulnerable to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas?
For a preliminary report on fracking impacts, click here.
HABITAT CONNECTIONS needs the support of individual donors and foundations. Donations sustain our efforts and volunteers expand our capacity. Ideas for collaborations and participation are welcome.
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Photographs © Erik Kiviat
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